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In the immortal words of Glenn Beck, "I think I have just wasted an hour of your time".

Of course that could be said 24 hours a day. But the little Aussie battler has to get the money for his MySpace buy somehow don't he!

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"Top officials have said it is a tool of the Republican Party and Obama has singled out the network for perceived bias."

Doesn't the President represent "all Americans". Strange that he is on Fox News now because he needs Republican votes for health care.

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Whats amusing is, that he finally faced some real questions. First time since before he became President that any reporter dared challenge him on anything. It was a nice change.

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I'm reading the transcript now, I do not see what the majority of the people who are for this is represented in his speech. Is he also out in the wind as to what is going to be in the final bill?

how are you guys watching Fox from here? There are no fox feeds on the net that I can find, even paid for ones. I can get CNN, NBC, CBS, etc... I really wish I could have seen it and I'd really like Geraldo to talk on it.

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skipthesong, try this link. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4113350/fox-news-exclusive-president-obama

I thought that he gave a good interview. With all the interruptions Obama could hardly answer a question.

wiz

Strange that he is on Fox News now because he needs Republican votes for health care.

He's not pandering for any republican votes. He knows he isn't going to get any, so why waste any more time on them about health care? < :-)

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"his embattled health care overhaul"

Why is it embattled? Doesn't his party control Congress?

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Whats really amusing is that the president actually took the time to humor the Right by taking time out to appear on what is very loosely labelled a 'news channel.'

Sarge - "Why is it embattled? Doesn't his party control Congress?"

Sarge shows once again how little he knows about his own country's poitical system...

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The Democrats control both houses of congress. They can pass anyting they want without a single Republican vote.

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Whats really amusing is that the president actually took the time to humor the Right by taking time out to appear on what is very loosely labelled a 'news channel.'

What's even funnier is that SS3 still imagines his trolling efforts change minds here.

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I like it how Odogma takes him/herself so seriously. :-)

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Sarge shows once again how little he knows about his own country's poitical system..."

Well, I'll admit, he probably knows more than I do... I've never heard of a bill, one this big at that, passing without votes nor the bill even being seen.

now, would you mind telling me what's in the bill that has everyone so excited? I sure as heck can't find what's being talked about.

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The Democrats control both houses of congress. They can pass anyting they want without a single Republican vote.

Not true, it takes a 2/3 majority to limit debate in the senate, if they can't get past this procedural step, they face a fillibuster - that means the bill can be talked to death. The house and senate passed different versions of the bill so it has to be reconciled. The Democrats do not have the fillibuster proof majority in the senate anymore so they don't want a reconciled version coming up for vote again. The only way for them to avoid this is to have congress pass the senate version as is. A lot of democrats don't like the senate version and ALL congressmen are up for election this year.

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I just watched the interview. Obama came across as arrogant and condescending.

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"it takes a 2/3 majority to limit debate in the senate..."

I guess the Democrats are going to have to get a 2/3 majority then. But I think they're going to have a problem just holding onto their simple majority.

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@sarge: That's why the loss of Kennedy's seat to Brown was so huge. The November elections are going to be a slugfest.

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techall

Not true, it takes a 2/3 majority to limit debate in the senate

Actually it is now 3/5 majority; that is why they are always talking about the 60 votes needed.

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Sarge uses very few words to get his point across and I always seek Sarge's comments, but in the case of Obama, he is a regular motor-mouth and there is a wave of questioning his legitimacy and today we are seeing the word "impeachment" being mentioned very often. Frankly speaking, I feel we are on the edge of a great depression.

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Great interview. For the fist time it wasn't an interview full of slow underhand pitches. Also gotta love the fact that some of you liberals had/have to actually watch Fox News to comment intelligently on this story.

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sushi, Fox is as much a news channel as CNN or ABC. Every news channel has a point of view. None are "unbiased." Unbiased news is right up there with military intellegence or goevernment efficiency.

Obama has finally realized that, contrary to what Reid and Pelosi are telling him, he can't have it all his own way. Too bad he didn't figure this out ten months ago.

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@goodDonkey:

Thanks for the correction.

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The_Marion You're the only person I've heard mention impeachment in quite a while. But I don't listen to the extreme right's mouth pieces.

USNinJapan2, I don't know about the others here, but I wouldn't miss the FOXNews broadcast or the chance to find the link to see it. I can't understand their whining if I don't listen to them sometimes.

Obama really did a good job answering the questions and deflecting the interruptions to completely answer the original question. < :-)

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The Marion - "Sarge uses very few words to get his point across and I always seek Sarge's comments, but in the case of Obama, he is a regular motor-mouth and there is a wave of questioning his legitimacy and today we are seeing the word "impeachment" being mentioned very often."

Probably why there's no reason to mention impeachment.

"Frankly speaking, I feel we are on the edge of a great depression."

No, that was bequeathed to the world by the last GOP president, bush.

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ca1ic0cat - "sushi, Fox is as much a news channel as CNN or ABC."

Um...no it's not. Fox News president Roger Ailes was an adviser to three past Republican presidents—Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Fox News executive vice president John Moody regularly handed down memos cheering and defending Bush administration actions. For instance, following a 2003 Bush Mideast initiative, Moody (6/03/03) wrote to staffers, “His political courage and tactical cunning [are worth] noting in our reporting through the day.”

Fox News senior vice president for programming Bill Shine referred in March (NPR, 3/23/09) to Fox as “the voice of opposition” to the Obama administration.

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adaydream

Obama really did a good job answering the questions and deflecting the interruptions to completely answer the original question. < :-)

Then you obviously didn't watch the same interview...

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Showing that he's the bigger man, Ha! Ha! What a joke this little fued was. I'm not a fan of Fox but Obama deserves some attacking which the other networks don't do.

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Does anyone actually get a word on FOX if they are not a role model conservative rightwinger?

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On all accounts the interview was pointless. I've watched Bret Baier's interviews before and most were at least interesting, I could have skipped the interview and watched one of his speeches. Any attempt at interaction was killed, any counterpoint was ignored, and neither party came out looking good. I think that the overriding reason for the interview in the first place was not to sway republican votes, there could never be a greater lost cause, but to appeal to more conservative democrates who watch FOX. In that sense the gesture was a failure, I'd have much rather seen Bret interview someone that responded a little bit better to questioning.

Every news channel has a point of view. None are "unbiased." Unbiased news is right up there with military intellegence or goevernment efficiency.

And if people don't believe that they can watch Rick Sanchez, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, or Chris Matthews. People don't tend to see statements as biased if they agree with them, several people have opinions that differ with those that FOX represents.

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Sushi Um...no it's not.

Umm... yes it is. Not only is it a real news channel, its also unafraid to cover stories that CNN, ABC, NBC and the like tend to ignore. Stuff like the Acorn thing, which the other Networks would have preferred to cover up. Repeatedly the other networks ignore stories they don't like. Unlike Fox which also covered the later scandal by the guy who did the Acorn stuff. Another thing to consider. Fox regularly has liberals on, to offer viewpoints, and makes a point to let them speak. Brett Baier's panel is especially good. Contrast this with some of the other networks. Its essentially the opposite, with very liberal hosts, and occasional conservative commentators. Its essentially like they're trying to copy Fox but in reverse.

No, Fox is a very good network. They cover news that others don't, and they do it straight. They do have the conservative guys on doing opinion shows like Beck. But they also have straight news programs as well. And most importantly, its the most trusted of any news channel, and the most watched cable news channel. Sometimes the most watched cable channel period! Obama was stupid to try to ignore it. He is the President of everyone, not just those who watch CNN.

In my job I'm pretty much always watching the news. My office has TVs tuned to all 3 major news networks at all times. (Ok, admittedly, most of the time I'm tuning out the news while I work.) But pretty much everyone that I work with, even the self proclaimed liberals prefer Fox. To me, that says a lot.

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Sushi Um...no it's not.

Heh, looks like your hero disagrees with you since Obama was on FOX News; the most watched news network on U.S. cable TV.

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USNinJapan2

Yep I did. Matter of fact the questioner, Baier, could hardly keep his mouth shut while Obama was answering a question. < :-)

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To be a good speaker, you must be a good listener. =You must listen to the American people and look for the most correct solution to fix a current problem.

=Little was done in this debate to make healthcare better for the American populace. If this debate would have taken 24hrs I believe more would have been accomplished than Congress has done in one year.

It seems that Congress, Media, and Obama must look into the populace to find the real problems to correct the healthcare solution. =I still think they do not understand the problems that the American populace has with American HealthCare.

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The Obama faithful are furious that Fox News reporters challenge Obama and, unlike MSNBC's Brian Williams, do not bow to the Naked Emperor at the conclusion of scripted interviews wherein the president is asked how he feels about the issues.

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Watching the link. First thing I thought was that Bret needs a new haircut, something not so, ummm, Republican. Second thought, Obama is dodging Baier's question. Third thought, Obama finally starts answering the question asked, and its going to take a lot of fact checking for me to verify what he says about the deem and pass. I too am alarmed about this avoidance of a vote in the Senate by Pelosi. On the surface it sounds horrible, but under the surface it might be okay, maybe.

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There there Sarge, intelligence is something you are born with or acquire over time with the right mind set, something you neither posses and would criticize a man because you lack critical thinking

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